What is Sahaja Meditation?
For many Americans, stress, anxiety and exhaustion are just a part of life – regardless of gender, age or financial situation.
Busy adults juggle family, career and their own personal needs. Equally busy young people juggle parental expectations, peer pressure, academics and after school activities. Balls are often dropped, and anxiety, irritability and sleep problems are common. Exhaustion and lack of productivity are prevalent. Problem solving and creativity suffers. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. No one has to shuffle through life, getting by rather than really living. We all have the power to realize our full potential in every arena be it our careers, academics or relationships. One simple meditative exercise, practiced for a mere ten to twenty minutes a day, has made an astounding difference in the lives of professionals and students all over the world. This exercise is known as Sahaja Meditation.
Sahaja Meditation is a simple, time-tested technique that allows an individual to access the in-built spiritual energy centers (or chakras) within his or her body. Because each energy center is associated with the manifestation of personal attributes or specific beneficial functions within the body, tapping into them gives us the power to influence every aspect of our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Through the Sahaja Meditation exercise, participants achieve a powerful, instantaneous, state of thoughtless awareness. The mind is calmed, emptied of thought, distraction and negative emotion. The sensation is both relaxing and invigorating as tensions fade away and inner energy floods the system.
By the guidance of the founder of Sahaja Meditation, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, meditation classes are offered free-of-charge in more than 80 countries. To find information about local classes, please see:
Benefits for Children
Physical Health and Mental Resilience:
Numerous scientific studies show that stress and anxiety are high risk factors for the development of a wide array of physical and mental health problems. An inner state of calmness and mental silence, which can manifest through the practice of meditation, allows one to be more resilient to attacks of stress and anxiety. Sahaja Meditation in particular is a proven therapeutic practice that not only reduces anxiety levels, but also assists with improving the health of children who face attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), asthma, and sleep deprivation.
Studies show that increased mental activity, anxiety, depression, anger, and irritation are qualities that are widely exhibited among adolescents in America. Sahaja Meditation in particular allows those youth who face such challenges to develop increased levels of focus, motivation, confidence, and resilience to stress. This change can occur through the practice of meditation, which induces a state of mental calm that one can feel directly through their central nervous system.
Creativity and Multi-Cultural Awareness:
In addition, the Sahaja Meditation approach yields the development of stronger inter-personal relationships between students. It does so by emphasizing the values of multi-cultural awareness, cooperation, tolerance, and compassion. Sahaja Meditation enhances one’s creativity and appreciation for artistic expression. Children in particular, who are magnetically drawn to the arts as a form of entertainment, develop an even deeper appreciation for music, dance, theatre, and literature. Music also helps with the practice of meditation because it helps in diverting one’s attention inward. This process significantly helps with creating a state of mental silence, or meditation. It if for this reason that artistic forms of entertainment for children are often integrated into meditation programs with children.
To learn more about Sahaja Meditation, please go to www.sahajameditation.com.